Pragmatic Version Control, 2nd Edition
Using Subversion
By Mike Mason
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Final Release Date: May 2006
Pages: 256

This book covers the theory behind version control and how it can help developers become more efficient, work better as a team, and keep on top of software complexity. Version control, done well, is your "undo" button for the project: nothing is final, and mistakes are easily rolled back.

This book describes Subversion 1.3, the latest and hottest open source version control system, using a recipe-based approach that will get you up and running quickly and correctly. Learn how to use Subversion the right way-the pragmatic way.

With this book, you can:

  • Keep all project assets safe--not just source code--and never run the risk of losing a great idea
  • Know how to undo bad decisions--even directories and symlinks are versioned
  • Learn how to share code safely, and work in parallel for maximum efficiency
  • Install Subversion and organize, administer and backup your repository
  • Share code over a network with Apache, svnserve, or ssh
  • Create and manage releases, code branches, merges and bug fixes
  • Manage 3rd party code safely
  • Use all the latest Subversion 1.3 features including locking and path-based security, and much more!

Now there's no excuse not to use professional-grade version control.

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This book provides an excellent introduction to Subversion. The first chapter is devoted to motivating version control with typical real-world scenarios and should be particularly helpful to anyone completely new to version control. The remaining chapters concisely cover all of the basic Subversion operations you are likely to need for 90% of your work. The appendices cover some of the more advanced concepts you may encounter, especially if you will be administering Subversion. Finally, a handy summary of Subversion commands is included at the end.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick introduction to Subversion whether you are completely new to version control or have experience with another system like CVS.

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